Basic English and Maths skills are required for pretty much every job that exists! And employers use English and Maths GCSE grades as a marker of ability and willingness to learn. So don’t underestimate how important these two subjects are. With employers taking them seriously, you should too.
It might seem obvious, but you need English in order to communicate properly with people – from when you’re applying for a job online, or writing an email, talking to somebody or asking for something. Whether it’s written or spoken, you need to understand others and make yourself understood.
Complete the ‘Who uses English?’ activity on Start to explore the different jobs that use the skills you learn in English lessons. Employers will be able to see that you’ve completed the activity on Start too.
You also need to be able to work things out and problem solve. For instance, working out percentages or costs, or volumes and weights… it all comes down to Maths! A chef will need to multiply up the ingredients in a recipe in order to make a larger batch of a dish. In the commercial team, you need Maths skills to work out budgets and percentages… you’ll even need to know basic maths skills to work out if you’ve got enough cash to buy your mate a drink! So maths isn’t just about knowing your times tables, it's an essential life skill you’ll use every day without even realising it.
Complete the ‘Using maths every day’ activity on Start to discover how Maths lessons are relevant to everyday life. It’ll be added to your profile, which you can share with employers.
What can you do if you haven’t got the right GCSE grades? First, don’t panic! There are lots of organisations here in Somerset that can help you get the qualifications you need. So be proactive and take a positive step to get the qualifications you need to get ahead. If you’re over 16 and you’ve already left school, you won’t normally have to pay to take GCSE English or Maths either.